St. Petersburg Wedding Companies Team Up to Impress Local Brides on Cinco de Mayo

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Simple Weddings and NOVA 535 host bridal show in downtown St. Pete on May 5th.

When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the first decisions that must be made by newly engaged couples is their choice of venue. Finding the right place, at the right price, that’s available at the right time, isn’t always easy.

That’s why two local companies have teamed up to show off their wedding and event planning skills at one of the area’s most popular wedding and reception venues. On Sunday, May 5th from 2-6pm, Simple Weddings and NOVA 535 are hosting a bridal show at NOVA 535, located at 535 Dr. Martin Luther King St N in downtown St Petersburg.

“World Class – that’s our catch phrase, our motto, it drives everything we do” says NOVA 535 owner Michael Novilla. Novilla purchased and renovated NOVA 535 – which celebrates its five year anniversary this month – with that motto in mind. Hardwood floors, high-tech lighting, and custom wrought iron staircases accent the original 1920’s exposed red brick walls, and everything at NOVA is maintained to Novilla’s “world class” standards.

These standards carry over to their local partners in the wedding industry as well. “Simple Weddings is the local industry leader for wedding planning and photography. They’re one of our preferred vendors and partners, and they’ve produced some amazing weddings here at NOVA and some successful bridal shows in the past at other local venues, so it was a no-brainer to have them co-host our Cinco de Mayo event”, says Novilla, “and the other vendors at our show are hand-picked as well – literally the best of the best that Tampa Bay has to offer!”

While it’s a great opportunity to see the venue, brides and grooms don't have to be planning their wedding at NOVA to attend the May 5th show. “Even if your wedding isn’t going to be at NOVA, this is an opportunity to come out and meet some of the area’s best wedding vendors”, says Jeff Copeland, owner of Simple Weddings and co-host of the event, “The fact that they’re all in this amazing venue in downtown St Pete on a Sunday afternoon just makes it convenient to come out and see them all at the same time. We're calling it St Pete's coolest bridal show at Tampa Bay's hottest wedding and event venue!”.

The show also boasts free food from area caterers and door prizes from local wedding vendors, rumored to include a honeymoon trip to the Bahamas. “We definitely have some great surprises up our sleeve”, says Copeland, “but you have to be here to win!”

Tickets to the May 5th event at NOVA 535 are free, but must be reserved online by visiting

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